Medicare open enrollment deadline extended because of Hurricane Nate

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(WTVY) — Seniors will have a few extra weeks to shop for a Medicare Advantage plan, thanks to Hurricane Nate.

The federal government has extended the last day of open enrollment from Dec. 7 to Dec. 31 for those living in designated disaster areas nationwide.

Medicare Advantage coverage is offered by private insurers under contract with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Seniors with traditional Medicare also can buy supplemental prescription drug plans through these companies.

People affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate, and the California wildfires, qualify for this assistance.

Those eligible may need to provide proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill. To sign up, or find out if you are eligible for other disaster-related assistance such as extending a premium payment grace period, contact Medicare at 800-633-4227